SWYOR-CDDF43: Neolithic polished axe

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A polished flint axe dating from the Neolithic period, about 4000 BC - 2200 BC. It is formed from opaque, light grey flint. It is oval in section, faceted at the blade end, and egg shaped in plan. It has covering, scaled, low-angle flaking, and the blade end, about one third of the axe, is polished. One side of the cutting blade is chipped and damaged. The axe is 65mm long, 37.3mm wide and 16.5mm thick. 39.9g. The incomplete polishing may be explained by the axe having been broken and then reworked (Keving Leahy, pers. comm., 4/12/14).

The small size of the axe could suggest that it is votive or ritual, possibly deposited in a grave (Jason Dodds, pers. comm., 2/12/14).

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Class: Polished

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: NEOLITHIC
Period from: NEOLITHIC
Date from: Circa 4000 BC
Date to: Circa 2200 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65 mm
Width: 37.3 mm
Thickness: 16.5 mm
Weight: 39.9 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 1st January 2014 - Thursday 11th September 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Amy Downes
Identified by: Ms Amy Downes
Secondary identifier: Mr Jason Dodds

Other reference numbers

Other reference: PAS form number 2369

Materials and construction

Primary material: Flint
Manufacture method: Knapped/flaked
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Grainthorpe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TF3896
Four figure Latitude: 53.44270918
Four figure longitude: 0.0762315
1:25K map: TF3896
1:10K map: TF39NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Chance find during metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SWYOR
Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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